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Mother Tongues

Yiyun Li, the Chinese-born writer of fiction and memoir, left in 1996 and has moved on to other settings in her work. But can a...

Book Talk: Escape to Dali

From dissidents to drop-outs, why are some Chinese seeking a rural escape hatch from the promises of the modern urban state? An Asia Society book...

The Reverse Migrants

After decades of urbanization and economic development, a cohort of China's population is seeking rural refuge and personal development instead — moving back to the...

One for the History Books

How Endymion Wilkinson’s encyclopedia of Chinese history grew from 70,000 words in 1973 to 1.75 million words for its 50th anniversary edition.

Tears of Salt

Rural women in China have been disadvantaged and abused for millennia. A star Chinese journalist shows how in one village, little has changed.
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Thu Jun 27 6:30pm

Book Talk: Edward Wong, At the Edge of Empire

When Edward Wong became Beijing bureau chief for The New York Times, he investigated his father’s mysterious past as a soldier in the People’s Liberation Army, while assessing the dream of a resurgent China himself. His new book, At the Edge of Empire, tells the story of a family and a nation spanning decades of momentous change. Join us at Asia Society in New York for a book talk with Edward Wong in conversation with The New Yorker writer Jiayang Fan.